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God Bless You all in the name of the Lord Jesus & May His peace be with you all wherever you may be in the world… This week’s message is titled: Carry the cross and follow… The word of God tells us in Matthew 16:24-26 that in order to truly be followers of Christ we must die to our flesh.. —-then we can accept the spirit of God to live inside us..
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26
Father in the name of Jesus I pray you bless all who read this message, may they feel You near, speak to them Lord, Your words not mine in Jesus name have your way Lord, and if there is someone who reads this message and they don’t know you Lord Jesus let them know You love them, touch their heart Lord I know Your arms are open wide to receive them in Jesus name Amen.
As I mentioned beloved reader in the intro I put the title for this week’s message Carry the cross and follow.. I want to share with you what God has placed in my heart..and what He has shown me in my own personal life. For the most part of my life I have been going to church I heard many times the bible verse above and I thought I understood it but I really didn’t because I still had worldly attitudes and also In the past while calling myself a follower of Christ I had “goals” of accomplishing certain things to give a example: I wanted a luxury car and travel the world like most of the influencers we see today.. In my heart back then I put so much importance that I need to be at a certain place by a specific time in life or there’s something wrong because I don’t have this or that?? With social media constantly putting images trying to show us a perfect picture of someone else’s life that if we don’t have this or that there must be something wrong with us it could be financially, relationships, material possessions etc.. I am not trying to say that we as believers shouldn’t have goals but when we put our eyes on those earthly things all the time and forget the things that God has called us to do as believers we are harming ourselves because we should put our eyes on the Lord Jesus.. His word states “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” God loves to Bless His children, Nothing that we do for the Lord is in vain, but we also shouldn’t do anything to expect anything from God we should gladly serve Him because He paid the ultimate sacrifice for you & me to be Saved and have a relationship with Him Amen. I was going to Church and I was hearing God’s word but was I completely applying it to my life and dying to the old Tania and ways of acting and doing things ?? No I wasn’t, and there’s a lot of other people who say they follow the Lord Jesus Christ for 10, 20, 30 years and they still refuse to Carry the cross and really follow Him. I mentioned last week How I went astray and recently started going back to church, but when I had that encounter again with the Holy Spirit and let me tell you..He uses anyone to communicate to you that it’s time to come back to Him..when God has a eye on you.. You can fuss and fight with Him…but you might as well accept your going to loose ALWAYS and just surrender to Him when He calls you…He lets you know in your heart it’s really time to finally leave it all behind. For me that was what happened I came to the end of myself… This world has nothing to offer everything is going to stay… That nice house with the pool, the fancy Range Rover, the pretty walk in closet & many many other things. Beloved you won’t take any of that with You… In the End it’s just you & God… Your Maker… Even calling myself a Christian for years I was so afraid of death.. I know now I was afraid because I knew I wasn’t living the way God says to in His word that we must live and conduct ourselves. I struggled with self worth for years because of the things I went through as a kid. So I didn’t have love for myself how could I love my neighbor?? & My enemies.?? Forget them they got no love.. That’s how I acted and that’s how we act when we truly don’t know God.. When we haven’t truly died to our old self.. When we refuse to Carry the cross and Follow Jesus. Jesus requires that we must love our enemies, we must Bless and pray for those that curse us and wish us wrong, I know it’s really hard but we must do it & ask God to help us and He will. Because with God all things are possible. We must carry our cross daily. When I made the decision to truly surrender in the beginning I was super excited.. This is only a example: But the feeling is kind of similar to the excitement and determination you have when you are determined to loose weight you go to the gym on day 1 and you go hard and you are running fast on the treadmill like you Got This & you feel no pain right.. you finish your workout you can’t wait to go again tomorrow, Hey some might even workout twice that day right haha.. but then you wake up really sore the next day you can’t even feel your legs.. you start to feel pain.. the reaction shifts now you are associating the gym experience with intense pain.. you might say I don’t want to go today I am in agony I can’t workout today.. but it’s a natural reaction because your doing something you never have so it’s natural at first that your body goes through this you just decided to do something that’s going to better you.. It’s going to take you out of your comfort zone of sitting on the couch and eating pizza.. If you are really serious about loosing weight and want to see a change in your body your going to have to sacrifice your desires of overeating and stop certain habits you will go through a process and you are also going to have to change what you nourish your body too, but if you don’t give up in a couple weeks, you will start to see a difference which motivates you now even more to keep reaching toward your health goals and in a matter of months you will be so proud of who you are becoming and how your body is changing because even though the journey wasn’t easy the results make you happy that your hard work paid off not only are you now in great physical shape but also mentally you pushed yourself beyond your limits and you took care of your well being you took care of your health. Similar but definitely much more harder than any physical workout —-as believers & true followers of Christ we know we are facing a spiritual war against the enemy and the kingdom of darkness. It’s a daily war, we must always put on the full armor of God so that we can keep fighting toward the prize which is our eternal life, keep fighting and keeping our salvation, keep fighting so we continue to walk the straight path our Lord Jesus Christ has set as example for us to follow. He is The Way—-Similar to the workout journey, really dying to our old self and carrying our cross at first will be really really hard choosing to really walk in Love and show love and completely surrendering will be uncomfortable at first you won’t want to love the people that don’t like you, you won’t want to pray for them, you will want to keep acting petty and act like you didn’t see them and go on your way but that’s how we acted in the world but if you say you know God then start acting like He truly did.. Lets Love How He did… Because Love Begins with You… It begins with me.. It doesn’t begin with them.. Don’t wait for that person to show you love because you can’t control them or change them… You can only decide to change yourself.. They won’t save you when you stand before God when your life ends… You will be accountable for your own choices… Jesus welcomed the sinners… He washed His disciples feet.. Lets do more washing of feet and not throwing stones…Amen Lets not be like the Pharisees I use to believe I was acting right in my own eyes & I wasn’t… I didn’t have the true Fruits of the Spirit of God.. Similar the Pharisees in the time when the Lord Jesus was on earth.. they read and knew the scriptures but they truly didn’t know who the Author was… they truly didn’t know God. “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. John 1:11 “We can’t claim to be a follower of Jesus, but we still act worldly, we still only love those who love us, we envy our neighbor, we gossip and spread lies. 1 Corinthians 3:3 “You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” Those are not the Fruits of the Spirit of God that we should have: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
The Lord Jesus went through every heartbreak every painful emotion… The book of Isaiah 52:14 tells us that He was so violently beaten and mistreated that the people could not even recognize Him.
“But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.” He went through all that for you beloved reader, for me, for humanity. He loved us that much that even knowing many would still reject Him, He still decided to lay His life down. I feel the Holy Spirit moving as I share this word with you. I have shared what God has placed in my heart to pour out to all who are reading to all those He loves and says come home don’t try to do this alone I can give you rest I can make you whole Amen. If you don’t know the Lord Jesus today you can still yes to Him!! He’s waiting for you beloved. His word says in Rev.3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” He’s knocking at the door of your heart, and If you truly let Him in & accept Him.. He will give you a NEW Life, Full of Hope, His Peace, and His Joy that surpasses all understanding Amen. We must carry the cross though, but even though the weight of the cross is heavy on the way to eternal life. & I am truly realizing how hard this walk really is, it felt easy day 1 just like the workout example I mentioned earlier… but beloved you truly have to die to who you were it must happen in order to be with God for eternity. His word in Hebrews 12:14 says “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord”… Because He is coming for a Bride without spot or wrinkle. If we have stains & blemishes before His sight because we refused to obey His commands & do our own thing.. you can go ahead & wear your Sunday Best beloved but when He returns don’t get so ready because your staying behind… because you refused to crucify the flesh and allow the Lord Jesus to truly live in you. In the end for me, & I hope you feel the same too.. it’s going to be worth it… this world is temporary, but the Kingdom of God is eternal… I suffered all my life for the wrong things, the enemy robbed way too much of my joy for years and I refuse to let him steal anymore of it or give him any power over my life. He’s a liar, always was a liar, and always will be.. he doesn’t have any hope or love so he wants to take along as many people to hell with him God doesn’t want that for anyone.. Jesus Christ my savior defeated him on Calvary when he brings up your past.. remind him of his future.. don’t let him condemn you with shame.. he’s a liar and he’s defeated in Jesus name Amen.. Now it’s only right that I learn to suffer for the Holy One, King Jesus, My Father, God of Jacob Him who set my soul free from sin & bondage He broke the chains and gave me true freedom Amen. He can do all that for you too friend, the gift is free and it’s available will you accept Him today? He is waiting with arms wide open He paid it all for you so that you can be reconciled with Him. The Father & His Angels & The Saints in Heaven rejoice even when just 1 sinner truly repents and turns away from their old life and chooses to follow Him Amen. If we faint not He will crown us with eternal life… There won’t be anymore suffering.. How beautiful is that!! I can’t wait<3
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev.21:4 Hold on to His Promises.. He’s Faithful..
Rev. 2:10 “Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.“
Thank You for reading this week’s message God bless you & may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. If you have a prayer request please feel free to send me a e-mail.
Shalom Brothers & Sisters. & Remember Jesus Loves You so much ❤
“Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.” John 15:20
The journey won’t be easy but with God everything is possible…
We must Carry the Cross & Follow Jesus…